Free State police have arrested a 20-year-old man outside Welkom after he allegedly threw his girlfriend into a burning paraffin heater.
Brig. Police spokesperson Motantsi Makhele said in a statement that the incident happened at about 00:15 on Sunday in the Thabong informal settlement.
According to Makhele, the girlfriend was sitting with friends at a neighboring house and chatting when her boyfriend suddenly rushed into the house and began to chat to them. One of the friends tried to silence the man and then assaulted his girlfriend.
“He started kicking her, throwing objects at her and then throwing her on a bed. The suspect allegedly threw a paraffin heater to the woman on the bed and the blankets caught fire, “Makhele said.
According to Makhele, the man also poured paraffin over his girlfriend. She sustained severe burns during the incident and was rushed to a hospital for medical treatment.
Police are now investigating a case of attempted murder. The suspect will appear in court soon, Makhele said.